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September 13, 2022

Mosquito control on balcony

BLUE, my rescue blue crown conure, is showing interest in coming outside with me on balcony. I ordered a harness so I can safely keep him with me but it’s Florida. I’m concerned about him being harassed or bitten by mosquitos, gnats or flies. Any advice for controlling or repelling them safely?


Hi Janet,

There are plants that are supposed to repel mosquitos. But if biting insects are an issue, it is best not to have her outside since many biting insects can carry diseases. Generally they are worse at dusk and dawn, so she might can go outside at other times. But of course there are the dreaded “noseeums” and I would think those could be very irritating to a bird. So I think you will need to take her out at times when the insects are elsewhere.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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